PM GatiShakti to accrue huge benefits to states: MoS Shantanu Thakur
Nov 23, 2022
Nine major ports considered for monetisation between
FY22-25 under NMP
KOLKATA. 23 November 2022: Addressing
the PM GatiShakti Multimodal Maritime Summit 2022, Union MoS, Shri Shantanu
Thakur, said, "the government is prioritising maritime development to
enable ports to identify and resolve bottlenecks in enhancing multimodal
He added that the government, under the
guidance of PM Narendra Modi, is ensuring the seamless movement of people and
goods and driving it with key engines of growth, namely, railways, roads,
ports, waterways, airports, mass transport and logistics.
Speaking about the PM GatiShakti masterplan,
the minister underscored that the initiative would accrue 'huge benefits to the
state government' by streamlining project timeframes. He noted that the
Ministry of Ports has the most critical role in the master plan, and Kolkata,
which hosts the country's oldest port, could play a pivotal role in realising
the goal 'if we work together'.
Minister Thakur also highlighted the targets
for the ministry, underlining that assets spread across nine major ports have
been considered for monetisation between FY22-25 under the National
Monetisation Programme. In addition, eleven industrial corridors and two
defence industrial corridors are planned for development to improve the
operational efficiency and capacity utilisation of existing port assets.
On occasion, Shri
PL Haranadh, Chairman, Syama Prasad Mookerjee
Port, emphasised harnessing the potential of India's north-eastern states and
noted that multimodal connectivity would be a win-win situation for both India
Krishna, Principal Program Advisor, Cross Border Infrastructure and
Connectivity Program (CBIC), USAID and Former Secretary, Ministry of Ports,
Shipping and Waterways, Government of India, said PM GatiShakti will act as the
facilitator to address the concerns of the manufacturing sector. He said,
"GatiShakti essentially is a conceptual regional framework to build
infrastructure to provide seamless connectivity through multimodal means".
In addition, Former Special Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Road
Transport & Highways, Shri Shambhu Singh, underscored PM
GatiShakti as a revolutionary and timely step.
Shri AK Mehera, Deputy
Chairman (H), Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, gave the vote of thanks. About 200
people, including industry persons, policymakers and other stakeholders,
attended the deliberations.
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